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Arafat was the hero of the Super Over
Pakistan pace bowler Yasir Arafat took six wickets to help the Perth Scorchers emerge victorious over the Sydney Sixers in the first-ever Super Over in Big Bash League (BBL) history.
Four of Arafat’s wickets came during the actual match, while two of them came in the Super Over.
Arafat was well supported by captain Simon Katich and wicketkeeper Sam Whiteman as they both scored half-centuries.
Katich won the toss and elected to bat first.
His decision to so backfired in the worst possible way as Craig Simmons and Mitchell Marsh were both dismissed by Brett Lee in the very first over of the match.
Katich and Whiteman made up for the early loss of Simmons and Marsh with a brilliant 129-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Whiteman was clean bowled by Lee.
Whiteman’s fantastic knock of 54 came off 49 balls and included three boundaries and a six.
Katich was dismissed the very next over as he was caught behind off the bowling of Josh Hazlewood.
Katich’s superb innings of 71 came off 56 deliveries and included seven boundaries.
Thanks to a quickfire 19 by Adam Voges, the Scorchers were able to reach 153/5 at the end of their 20 overs.
Lee was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Hazlewood chipped in with one.
Chasing 154 to win, the Sixers got off to an awful start as their top four batsmen were back in the pavilion with only 20 runs on the board.
Steven Smith and Jordan Silk stemmed the bleeding with a 55-run partnership before Silk was out caught and bowled by Voges for 23.
Daniel Smith only scored 12 runs before being caught by Alfonso Thomas at short third man off the bowling of Brad Hogg.
Steven Smith brought up his half-century before being caught by Voges at short third man off the bowling of Arafat.
Smith’s fantastic knock of 65 came off 48 balls and included six boundaries and a six.
Following Smith’s dismissal, the Sixers’ entire lower order collapsed and it was thanks to England pace bowler Chris Tremlett that the Sixers were able to take the match into a Super Over.
Needing only two runs off the last ball to win the match, Tremlett only managed to scamper through for a single, which forced the Super Over to come into effect.
Arafat proved to be the hero in the Super Over as he took two wickets and only conceded one run to leave the Scorchers needing a grand total of two runs to win the match.
Voges smashed a boundary off the very first ball to lead the Scorchers to victory.
Arafat was the most successful bowler during the actual match with four wickets, while Jason Behrendorff picked up three and Hogg and Voges chipped in with one wicket apiece.